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Den Mama

Reged: 05/14/05

Loc: montana
Re: What Observing Aid To Bring Overseas? new [Re: Peter Natscher]
      #5533662 - 11/22/12 10:12 AM

First of all, congratulations on your volunteer work in this field!

One suggestion would be something such as the AstroTech AT72ED for around $400; or the AstroTech AT60EDT Triplet for around $600. You might be able to find one on the used market. They are compact for travel, and would give you great views.

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Peter Natscher
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Reged: 03/28/06

Loc: Central Coast California
Re: What Observing Aid To Bring Overseas? [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #5533738 - 11/22/12 10:57 AM

I'm way ahead of the schedule. In a couple of months, I'll know more about exactly where I'll be headed -- which community I'll be traveling to. I can then ask detailed questions.



My big unknown is what the nighttime observing condition will be in the locale that I'll be traveling to. I don't know how dark the area will be or how safe it'll be outside in an unfamiliar area.

I wouldn't worry about it. Compared to the United States, most places in the world are pretty safe. Lima has notoriously high crime, but I think you'd be just fine in a rural area.

Surely there's some way to find out, though. Isn't there someone you could ask?

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Carpal Tunnel

Reged: 03/08/08

Loc: VIC, Australia
Re: What Observing Aid To Bring Overseas? new [Re: Peter Natscher]
      #5535856 - 11/23/12 05:00 PM

I'd either get a small/short doublet Ed refractor like the 72mm suggested or an 80...or get a 90mm mak-I took the latter to the US when I visited & it's a good complement to the binoculars I had with me.
The refractor will provide wide views so the binos aren't as necessary, but will set you back more

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